About this listing
1 BR, full bath, living room, in garage apt with separate entrance. Right by Shem Creek and Patriot's Point, at the foot of the Cooper River Bridge. Incredibly convenient location: 4 miles to downtown Charleston, 5 miles to Sullivan's Island and beaches. The TV has broadcast channels and a DVD player, but no cable. WiFi in the apt is a little spotty, don't say you weren't warned! Dock, fabulous views of Ft Sumter and the ships in the harbor from the back porch. Refrigerator, coffeemaker, 2-burner hotplate, toaster oven, & microwave in the apartment. Breakfast not included, but there will be coffee you can make in the morning, and orange juice, and bagels or English muffins, and butter and jam. Hairdryer is in the bathroom. Iron, steamer, and ironing board are in the closet.
I try to be there when guests arrive, so I can show off the place, but it works out ok if I'm away when they arrive and they let themselves in.
•The dock has a bench out at the end of it and you are welcome to walk on out there. It is an old dock, though, and the boards are a bit loose, so watch your step.
•Lots of people walk up to the top of the Ravenel Bridge; the views are spectacular. It’s about 3/4 mile to the foot of the bridge. Bring a windbreaker, it’s usually windy up there.
This place is so peaceful and quiet, it's like living in the country, but it is literally 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Charleston, and less than that to the beaches. So it's the best of both worlds!
•The back porch is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the view. Take your coffee out there in the mornings, or your wine in the evenings, and make yourselves at home.
•Whole Foods is only a half mile away, and Trader Joe’s is just a little farther past it. And there is a huge Harris Teeter grocery store (it's open 24/7) across the street from Whole Foods. And about a million great restaurants in this town...
•Kayaks: There are 2 kayaks for your use: the big yellow/red one and the little blue one. Please ask where the paddles and the life vests are. You are required to have a life vest and a whistle with you. A cel phone in a waterproof bag could come in handy, hopefully you won’t need it. These are basic kayaks, and they are not good for long trips or open water. Please enjoy them in the creek here – at high tide you can paddle all the way up to Coleman Blvd and it is amazingly remote and otherworldly. Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, it’s wonderful. Or you can paddle out the creek and turn left to go up Shem Creek. You can even stop for a bite to eat or a drink at the restaurants along the creek. Watch out for shrimp boats or long-liners or commercial fishing boats: stay to the edges of the waterway.
•Weather and tides and schedules permitting, I would love to take you out for a short boat ride in my little Boston Whaler. Charleston from the water is a whole new experience, always different, always fun… We’ll just have to see if we can work it into your trip.
•I have 3 bikes you can use. It is really fun to bike across the little Shem Creek bridge around the old Village, and out to the very pretty Pitt Street bridge park which looks out on the IntraCoastal Waterway and across to Sullivan’s Island (about 2 miles to the Pitt St Bridge each way). Or you can ride out on the new Shem Creek Park Dock (very close by, less than ½ mile), or head over to Patriot’s Point which has a nice bike path and you can ride out to the marina that’s right on the harbor. Or if you’re intrepid, you can bike over the giant Ravenel bridge. Ask and I’ll show the bikes to you and tell you the combinations to the locks. There are 2 helmets for you. Please use them!
NEWS FLASH! I HAVE A STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD YOU CAN USE! (Just one, though-you can rent them nearby). You can fish from the dock, and/or catch Blue Crabs. Or you can just enjoy the dock with the Green Herons and the Black Skimmers flying up and down the creek.
Oh, and Patriot's Point golf course is less than a mile away.
Interaction with Guests
I do enjoy interacting with guests, but sometimes it just works out that we barely see each other.
The best part about this place is the delightful and relaxing back deck, with comfortable chairs and a fantastic view of the giant container ships and the sailboats and shrimp boats and you can see Fort Sumter and Castle Pinckney and Fort Johnson (which is now a marine lab) and Crab Bank and Patriots Point and Shem Creek and oh, I could go on and on about the birds and the otters and the Diamond-backed Terrapins but thankfully no alligators in our creek!
Public transit is not very good in Charleston, to put it mildly. There's a Water Taxi service from Patriot's Point to downtown Charleston that you can bike over to. I have 3 bikes that can be used (not fancy), and they can go on the Water Taxi so you can explore Historic Charleston by bike, which is really fun. But to enjoy all Charleston has to offer, from the historic district to the beaches to the plantations, you really need to have a car. That said, it's an easy walk from the apartment to a Starbucks, also Shem Creek restaurants and Shem Creek Park.
Please help us to make a smooth transition for the next incoming guests. Checkout is 12pm if other guests will be arriving on the same day. So please ask, we are flexible when we can be.
This is a very casual, comfortable place to stay. We have a small dog, (7 lbs), and 3 canaries. They don't go into the garage apartment.
Susan was very welcoming. We arrived in a downpour and she rushed downstairs to open the garage for us. Waiting in the fridge were some welcome cold beers as well as some breakfast necessities. Lovely apartment -( great shower!) in a beautiful setting. My daughter took advantage of the kayaks available and loved the two little newborn kitties. Very convenient to local restaurants and just a short ride over the beautiful Ravenel bridge to downtown Charleston. All in all, a lovely experience
One word. PERFECT. Such a great location. Located in a quiet little neighborhood on the water but close to it all. Less than 5 minutes to downtown Charleston, shopping and great restaurants and bars. 10 minutes to Sullivan's Island/Isle of Palms. Walking distance to a great little coffee shop for breakfast as well as Shem Creek bars and restaurants. Less than a mile to the Arthur Ravel Bridge (a great bridge to walk and see Charleston and Mount Pleasant from above). The house itself was very clean and cozy. It felt like we were staying with family. Susan was very attentive and communicative before we even got there. She made sure we made ourselves at home and was available for any questions or concerns via text or call. She was so sweet to even offer a boat ride. Unfortunately, it just did not fit into our trip. However, we will certainly take her up on the offer the next time we visit Charleston... because her place is definitely one worth coming back to!
Susan made us feel right at home. She provided us with beer, milk, orange juice, local bread, and coffee to welcome us! The neighborhood was very nice, and the house couldn't be in a cooler location! It was RIGHT on the bay, with a beautiful walk out to the water where she provided kayaks to use at our leisure. The listing was just as explained originally, but I was pleasantly surprised at how convenient everything was from her location. I would highly recommend staying at Susan's place if you get the chance!
Susan is a wonderful host. So welcoming and her home away from home is truly a retreat. Highly recommended! 5+stars
Susan was a wonderful host! Her home is absolutely lovely, and the views of the creek are unbeatable! Susan took time out of her day to show us around, and even drove us into Charleston because we didn't have a car. The apartment was spacious and clean, and we were very comfortable. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again, particularly to take advantage of the kayaks and paddleboard that she has. One note: it's definitely a hike from Charleston, so be sure that you have a car or are willing to Uber to and from downtown!
Susan and Brian was a great host and made us feel right at home the whole time we were staying with her. The property is beautiful and has a wonderful view of the water. Thank you very much for a fun and relaxing weekend!
When we pulled up to Susan's home in Mt. Pleasant, we were blown away. Susan came right out to meet us and showed us around her beautiful property. The garage apartment was just perfect for our trip and the location couldn't have been better. We were able to take the water taxi from Mt. Pleasant to Charleston and could also drive a few miles to Sullivan's Island for a beach day. Susan was so welcoming and made us feel right at home - she even left some fresh bread and a few local beers in the fridge for us. We also had the opportunity to go out on her boat with Brian for a magnificent view of the inlet. The apartment was spacious, clean and cool (which feels amazing in the heat of July). We are so glad we decided to stay in Mt. Pleasant and particularly at Susan's. Our favorite moment was taking Susan's kayaks out and "swimming" with the dolphins. My boyfriend and I had an unforgettable trip and would go back in a heartbeat.
About the Host, Susan
I love the fantastic views from the house which change so dramatically with the daylight and the seasons. Kayaking and motorboating are extra fun here. I do have 3 bikes and 2 kayaks, and 1 StandUp Paddleboard (SUP) that can be used to explore. The wonderful Cooper River bridge is only a 1/2 mile walk from the house. Seafood restaurants also less than a half mile. Fishing and shrimping and crabbing, too, right from the dock. It's like staying in the country, quiet and contemplative, but you are 10 minutes from the high life of the city.